Lucius Rossi (1846-1913):The Masked Ball, Ca Rezzonico

Lucius Rossi (1846-1913):The Masked Ball, Ca Rezzonico

9/21/2021, 9:43:20 AM
Lucius Rossi (1846-1913):The Masked Ball, Ca Rezzonico, Venice, oil on canvas, 125.7 × 95.3 cm (49.5 × 37.5 in) . . Lucius Rossi was greatly influenced by the imagination and emotion of Romantic painters, as well as the brilliant technique of the Spanish artist Mariano Fortuny. This colourful painting entitled The Masked Ball, Ca Rezzonico, Venice, depicts a lively group of women, faces concealed with black masks, preparing for a ball. The women are most likely dressed for carnevale in Venice, a celebration for the victory of the Republica della Serenissima, in which a huge party was thrown in St. Mark's square to honor the military success of Venice in the war against Ulrico, Patriarch of Aquileia. This same celebration continues to this day. The wonderful staircase that the figures stand on is in Ca Rezzonico, a historic mansion in Venice. The frescoes seen in Rossi's picture are attributed to Giambattista Tiepolo and are some of the best preserved in all of Venice. The women in the painting express the sort of lavish, luxuriant lifestyle synonymous with the Ca Rezzonico palace. 🖐️ 🖐️ Close-ups are in 'my story' ☝️ 👆

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